According to China Business Weekly Hubei has announced ambitious plans to build new docks, railways and roads around the provincial capital of Wuhan, a development which, it is said, will make the city the biggest river port in Asia by 2030.
The move is part of a plan to speed up the industrialisation of the Yangtze Economic Zone and help it benefit from effective river transportation.
Zhang Chang’er, a member of the provincial standing committee of the Communist Party of China, said, "Hubei’s Yangtze Economic Zone, with an area of more than 70,000 sq km, will become a convenient logistics hub of the Yangtze River and Central China, a modern base for a variety of industries and an ecologically friendly home for urban dwellers by 2020."
The proposed new Wuhan port comprises 22 districts, covering 173 km but Wu Xinmu, an economics professor at Wuhan University does not think that enough. He said, "It should be extended as far as Huangshi, a downstream port district only 70 km from Wuhan, so we can have a greater Wuhan port that smoothly connects with railways and highways. The new Wuhan port will integrate docks that used to be owned and managed by different enterprises or local administrations. Only through integration can we improve efficiency."
CargoNews Asia quoted Yang Mingxing, an official with the Hubei Finance and Economics Office, who said the plan would guide and support the green economy and industrial development